Former cricketers lash out at Afridi for irresponsible attitude

Former Pakistan Captain Aamir Sohail and legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir Saturday lashed out at captain Shahid Afridi for highly irresponsible behavior in the first One-Day International against New Zealand at Wellington earlier in the day.

“How a captain can ask other players to show responsibility if he himself is guilty of such horrible strokes to let the team down”, former Chief Selector Abdul Qadir said in his comments at Pakistan Television.

Pakistan was struggling at 57-5 in 20th over when Pakistan One-day Captain Afridi joined Pakistan Test Captain Misbah-ul-Haq at the crease.

Playing in his typical suicidal fashion Afridi was caught behind off Tim Southee for 29-ball 15 runs.

Shahid Afridi’s captaincy was already under fire after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not name the captain while announcing the 15-member squad for the World Cup jointly staged in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka from February 19.

After his brilliant run in the Test series, Misbah showed the way how to bat under pressure in demanding conditions with a gritty half century, he said.

Pakistan suffered one of the most humiliating of defeats thrashed by New Zealand by nine wicket with as many as 32.4 of 50 overs remaining.

The win ended the Kiwis streak of 11consecutive defeats. This is professional cricket and the professionals have to perform in all playing conditions and under all circumstances. The conditions or the swinging balls should not be blamed, he said.

Aamir Sohail, who also remained National Chief Selector, also expressed his serious dismay of Pakistan teams batting disaster.

This is certainly the worst of the preparation ahead of next months World Cup, he commented.

Former Test left arm spinner and Bangalore hero Iqbal Qasim said poor judgment of the pitch by the team management and captain led to the debacle.

Pakistan batsmen struggled against the moving balls of New Zealander medium pacers who used the condition admirably led by Southee, he said.

“Misbah and Younis showed some resilience in difficult circumstances. Pakistan batsmen including Afridi should have displayed better temperament against the moving balls,” Iqbal Qasim, who resigned as Chief Selector after Pakistan disterous tour to Australia last year where Muhammad Yousufs were blanked by the Aussies in all three test match, five ODIs series and lone T20 tie  last season, maintained.

Another Chief Selector Salahuddin Ahmed said swinging deliveries of New Zealand medium pacer Tim Southee caused the trouble in Pakistan batting.

He reckoned that Shahid Afridis decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired.